Atikokan area economy gets boost

The Ontario government is strengthening tourism in the Atikokan area by investing in the next phase of Quetico Centre’s four-year revitalization project, Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro announced last Thursday.
“Quetico Centre has long been a force for economic development in Northwestern Ontario,” said Mauro, who is Rick Bartolucci’s parliamentary assistant to Northern Development and Mines.
“I am delighted that our government is supporting the centre’s plan to expand services,” he added.
The conference and learning centre on Eva Lake, 34 km east of Atikokan, will use funding of $500,000 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. to renovate and expand its facilities to also offer outdoor leisure activities such as kayaking, snowshoeing, bird-watching, or Global Positioning Systems treasure hunting in collaboration with local businesses.
The centre expects the revitalization project to add 15-20 full-time positions by 2007.
“The Ontario government is working with northern partners, such as Quetico Centre, and our federal colleagues to capitalize on the north’s proven strengths,” said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC.
“Our aim is to put the north back on a path toward prosperity,” he pledged.